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Research Opportunities

External Research Opportunities

  • The National Science Foundation website offers numerous research opportunities, so be sure to check it out regularly for new opportunities.
  • UMBC has an opening for students to apply for the University System of Maryland's Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (USM LSAMP). The research program provides scholars with the opportunity to join a community of undergraduate researchers, attend professional development seminars, and receive a financial prize during the duration of the program. Student scholars do research for at least eight weeks per summer under the supervision of a faculty research mentor. The deadline for the summer program is April 11, 2024. Click here to learn more about the program requirements and application procedure.

Environmental Opportunities

  • The National Science Foundation has funded the Mountain Lake Biological Station's Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU-Sites) program. The program brings together undergraduate students from throughout the country for a ten-week summer program of guided but independent innovative field biology research. The program's scientific focus is population biology, which includes ecology, evolution, and behavior. The deadline for applications is February 20, 2024. Please click here for additional information on the program. If you have any questions or issues, please contact

  • The University of Kansas is now hiring interns for the Kansas Geological Survey Geohydrology Program. The program is a paid summer research internship for upper-level undergraduates, recent graduates, or graduate students that are interested in water science, including biogeochemistry, ecohydrology, and hydrogeology. The final deadline for applications is March 6, 2024. For more information, please visit the website.

Health Opportunities


Postgraduate/ Gap Year Opportunities

  • American Geophysical Union (AGU) Bridge Programs invite promising senior undergraduates or recent graduate students interested in geosciences that want to pursue advanced degrees. The program provides research experiences, advanced coursework, mentoring, and coaching. The program aims to increase representation of historically marginalized students in geoscience graduate education. Therefore, applications are encouraged from minority students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. The application deadline is on March 15, 2024. To learn more about the program, visit the website.  

  • The UConn RaMP Program is a year-long, paid NSF- funded postbaccalaureate research training program based at the University of Connecticut. The purpose of the program is to offer a mentored research experience and professional development opportunities to individuals historically underrepresented in STEM (including underrepresented ethic groups, ​people with disabilities, veterans, and first-generation college students) or those who did not have sufficient access to research during their undergraduate careers (college graduates of lower-resourced institutions).  The application deadline for the 2024 cohort is March 1st. Applicants are encouraged to visit the website to learn more about the program and review potential research projects/mentors.

  • Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge seeks for post graduate students to apply for the Animal Care Internship. The full-time internship will be in Northwest, Arkansas for the duration of six months. Interns will be able to care for and observe exotic animals independently or with a team. The deadline for the spring internship is on November 1st and the deadline for the fall internship is April 1st. For more information about the internship and how to apply, please check out the website.

  • The National Institutes of Health Postbac IRTA program (CRTA, Cancer Research Training Award, in the National Cancer Institute) provides recent college graduates who are planning to apply to graduate or professional (medical/dental/pharmacy/nursing/veterinary, etc.) school an opportunity to spend one or two years performing full-time research at the NIH. Postbac IRTAs/CRTAs work side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research. Applicants are advised to apply six months prior to your preferred start date. The program has no fixed start date, and applications are reviewed on a rolling basis year-round by scientists in the Institutes and Centers of the NIH. To learn more about the program and how to apply, please visit the website.